The Pembroke Welsh Corgi!

The Pembroke Welsh Corgi is a breed that has been developed for cattle driving for centuries. It was trained to nip at the heels of cattle to steer them to grazing areas. Its low body allows it to run under cattle while avoiding getting hit by their hooves. It has a long body, big upright ears, a fox-like face, a wide level skull, a soft coat that’s water-resistant, and a short, at times non-existent, tail.

Some Quick Facts:

Life Expectancy:
12-15 years

Energy Level:

Living Conditions:
Indoors/Outdoors. Suitable for apartment life so long as it is given plenty of exercise.

Higher than average.

Exercise Needs:
Moderate walk. Play involving mental tasks.

Breed Group:


10 to12 inches

25 to 30 pounds

Standard Hair Colors:
Sable, red, black and tan, or fawn, at times with white marks on the head, chest, neck, and legs.

National breed club:
Pembroke Welsh Corgi Club of America

Pembroke Welsh Corgi Skills

With its inherent speed and agility, the Pembroke Welsh Corgi’s foremost function remains to be in cattle driving, as it was used by farmers of Wales to drive their cattle to open pastures for feeding. Today, the Pembroke is also known to demonstrate talent in the fields of herding, competitive obedience, and guarding, as well as good potential as a watchdog.

Pembroke Welsh Corgi Personality

This breed is quite popular for its obedience, intelligence, and loyalty. Having been accustomed to cattle driving, some may nip humans at the heels, though proper training can correct this behavior. It tends to be outgoing and active, and must be given proper socialization while still young to relax its over-protective nature. Given proper attention, this dog can be an endearing and enjoyable companion. Known to bark a lot and be reserved around strangers, the Pembroke Welsh Corgi can make a good guard dog.

Exercise Needs

This smart and energetic breed should do well with a moderate physical, as well as mental, exercise routine. Daily herding is still an ideal form of exercise for this breed. However, when herding is not an option, a balance between training sessions, play activity, and moderate distance walks is recommended.

Living Conditions

Access to a yard may not be necessary for this breed, as long as it is given enough exercise. It can adapt well to most climates, and though it can be made to live outdoors, the Pembroke Corgi will be happier sharing space with its people.

Grooming Requirements

The Corgi’s coat may be expected to shed twice in a year. A weekly combing and brushing is necessary to remove dead hair, while baths should be given as needed.

Health Issues

The Pembroke Welsh Corgi may be prone to back diseases, hip dysplasia, glaucoma, and epilepsy.

If you liked this dog…

The Bouvier des Flandres shares the Pembroke Welsh Corgi’s energy level, as well as its obedience and loyalty. The Bouvier is a more popular show dog, though requires a bit more grooming effort.


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